Germany, 2017 (MIFF 2017, International,Europe)

Director: Fatih Akin


In the performance that won her Best Actress at Cannes, Diane Kruger plays a mother dealing with the aftermath of her Kurdish husband and young son’s deaths in a neo-Nazi hate crime.

Dynamic Turkish-German director Fatih Akin (Head-On, MIFF 2004; The Edge of Heaven) returns with a morally charged thriller about Katja (Kruger), a Hamburg woman whose life is destroyed following the death of her husband and young son in a barbaric bombing attack.

Tracing Katja’s struggle from shell-shocked, suicidal drug user to empowered individual fighting for justice, Akin rekindles the edgy intensity of his earlier work while firing off some provocative and timely questions about our political response to terror attacks. Kruger, meanwhile – in a rare German-language performance – is shattering, inhabiting a tough role with fierce emotional resonance. 

'Acting in her native German language, [Kruger] delivers a career-high performance as the courageous, emotional and unforgiving survivor Katja.' – Hollywood Reporter

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